Hundreds of people protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody blocked an LA freeway and shattered windows of California Highway Patrol cruisers Wednesday. In Los Angeles, protesters at one point were seen burning an upside-down American flag, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported. Several hundred demonstrators marched in downtown LA -- as well as in other cities across the nation
The US death toll from coronavirus topped 100,000 on Wednesday, a grim milestone even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen after two months of lockdowns. About 1,400 Americans have died on average each day in May, down from a peak of 2,000 in April. However, with less than 5% of the world’s population, the US accounts for nearly one-third of all known coronavirus fatalities.
Twitter has taken the unprecedented step of adding fact-check warnings to two of President Donald Trump’s tweets that falsely called mail-in ballots ’substantially fraudulent’ and predicted a ’Rigged Election.’ On Wednesday, the president threatened to impose new regulation on social media companies or even to ’close them down. Harvard law professor, Lawrence Tribe argues that he has no case.
Antibody tests to determine if people have been infected with Covid-19 may be wrong up to half of the time, according to the CDC. The agency warned that the testing is not accurate enough for it to be used for any policy-making decisions. The CDC says if a relatively low proportion of people in an area have contracted the virus, the test is likely to yield a significant number of false positives
A group of 23 US states, the District of Columbia and a dozen environmental groups sued Trump administration Wednesday over its decision to weaken fuel efficiency standards, arguing that the move is based on erroneous science. In March, the administration issued rules requiring 1.5% annual increases in fuel efficiency through 2026 - far weaker than the 5% increases set under Obama administration
Kathy Griffin received backlash on social media after suggesting Trump should be injected with a ’syringe with air inside’ on Tuesday. Griffin had responded to remarks Trump made at a White House event dedicated to seniors suffering from diabetes, where he jokingly asked if he should be on ’insulin.’’Syringe with nothing but air inside it would do the trick. F--- TRUMP,’ the comedian reacted.
A West Virginia postal worker was charged with attempted election fraud after prosecutors found he amended party preferences on mail-ballot applications in favour of the Republicans. Thomas Cooper, 47, admitted that he amended some applications collected at the Onega post office from Democrat to Republican, and added that his actions were a ’joke’ and that he did not know the voters concerned.
The US city of Baltimore has decided to deploy a unique method of surveillance that was developed for use in Iraq. Camera-equipped planes will now fly over the skies to help detect and fight crime. The success or failure of this new method could have significant consequences for the rest of the country.
A woman who called the police after a black man asked her to put her dog on a leash in New York City’s Central Park because he feared it could endanger wildlife has been fired from her job with an investment firm. Franklin Templeton said it ’made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately.’ ’We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,’ the company added
The Minneapolis police officer seen kneeling on the neck of an unarmed black man before he died was a 19-year department veteran who was the subject of a dozen police conduct complaints that resulted in no disciplinary action. Derek Chauvin, 44, was also investigated over a fatal police shooting in 2006. Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Wednesday demanded the arrest of Chauvin.
The US Navy accused Russian pilots of unsafe intercept of a US aircraft flying in international airspace over Mediterranean Sea for the third time in two months. It further said that the two Russian SU-35 fighters simultaneously flew near the wings of the US P-8A Poseidon plane in an ’unsafe and unprofessional’ manner. This comes after Russian pilots buzzed two US planes in same region in Apr.
The DOJ has ended its investigation into three senators who were under scrutiny for stock trades made before the COVID-19 pandemic roiled the financial, while an investigation into a fourth senator remains ongoing. Senators Kelly Loeffler, Jim Inhofe and Dianne Feinstein are no longer being investigated. GOP Senator Richard Burr remains under investigation.
The SpaceX flight that was planned to be the first crewed flight from the U.S. since 2011 wait for at least a little longer. Bad weather conditions prevented the flight that is intended to take two astronauts to the International Space Station. The flight was postponed with less than 20 minutes to takeoff. No specific date has been set but it is likely to be Sat., May 30 or Sun., May 31.
Authorities reported on Wednesday that a man matching the description of a fugitive college student who is currently wanted in the killings of two people was seen in northeastern Pennsylvania. This sparked a new search which lasted several hours, but yielded no results.